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Who can be adopted?


Who can be adopted?





Child's age

The child to be adopted must be below 21 years of age.This is in accordance with Section 3(2) of the Adoption of Child Act.

Residency Status

The child must be a resident of Singapore (i.e. a Singapore Citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident or Dependant's Pass holder). A child is not regarded as a resident if the child is residing in Singapore on a visit pass, a student’s pass or a special pass. This is in accordance with Section 4(7)(a)(b) of the Adoption of Child Act.

To apply for a Dependant's Pass for a foreign child, please refer to Apply for Dependant's Pass.

Additional Criteria for children from the Peoples Republic of China

For more information, please refer to How to adopt a child from the People's Republic of China.